Due to a horrific accident, Ingrid has recently lost her ability to see. Adjusting to a life without vision, Ingrid takes solance in the safety of her home, a place where she feels in control. Living with her husband, an architect, Ingrid rejects his encouragement to leave the apartment, leading Ingrid alone with her deepest fears and repressed thoughts. Given Eskil Vogt's previous work as a writer on Joachim Trier's Reprise and Oslo, August 31st, I had high expectations for Blind, but what Vogt has delivered has easily surpassed those expectations. Blind is a brilliantly creative narrative that encapsulates Ingrid's psyche, exploring the mental trauma associated with going blind. Blind is a film that deserves to be praised for its innovative storytelling, going out of the way to subvert general expectations the audience has come to suspect. I'd rather not go into details about the narrative, but the way Vogt is able to slowly peel back the layers of this narrative, exposing the viewr to the true nature of the story as the film progresses is a truly impressive storytelling feat. While Blind is very much a meditative study of a woman who suffers from Blindness, it never screams for attention or empathy, being more interested in exploring the psyche of this woman. Never feeling sentimental in the slightest, Vogt paints an intimate portrait of a woman alone with her own thoughts, capturing the uncertainty and self-doubt about her self-worth that begins to tarnish the relationship she has with her husband. For a first time filmmaker, Vogt seems to have picked up a thing or two from Joachim Trier, with Blind being a well-photgraphed film that effectively transports the viewer into the mindset of this woman, capturing how the smallest details, like navigating around her own home, can be taxing. Vogt's Blind is a very impressive debut feature that proves Vogt maybe just as talented behind the camera as he is as a writer.
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